Kona, Hawaii

Chase Big Marlin Off the Shores of the Big Island


  • Kona’s waters are home to every billfish in the Pacific
  • Learn the latest cutting-edge skills and techniques from instructors who run fishing charters and compete in tournaments around the world
  • Experience four days of fishing with expert instruction, and compete in a mini tournament on the final day
  • Stay at the Royal Kona Resort on Kailua Bay
  • Package includes all meals, charter boats and tips, accommodations, and airport transfers


Catch billfish and big game species, improve your skills, meet new friends and explore the destination: our seven-day itinerary is all about creating a fun, immersive experience.

Anglers arrive in Kona, Hawaii for check-in.

Enjoy your day exploring Kona, then meet us for a welcome reception and dinner to get to know each other before heading out on the water.

Fishing days start early: breakfast at 6 a.m., and departure from the marina at 7 a.m. Each day is unique as the anglers’ skills, weather, and bite factor into what happens on the water. But the overall goal remains constant: catch fish, learn, and have a great time. Boats are back at the marina at 4 p.m. so anglers have time to freshen up before dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Anglers put what they have learned to the test and compete in a mini fishing tournament. Bragging rights and trophies are on the line. The day concludes with dinner and the awards ceremony.

Your airport shuttle will return you to Kona International Airport.

Fishing OvervieW

Hawaii’s volcanic islands serve as natural feeding outposts for many pelagic species, including the blue marlin, which is no doubt at the very top of every big-game angler’s list. And Kona’s waters are also home to every billfish that swims in the Pacific. The depths plummet rapidly, so the trolling often begins as soon as the boats clear the harbor markers. To cover ground at a good clip, nearly everyone pulls a spread of artificial lures, with some of the world’s most popular designs originating in Kona. Heavy tackle fishing is the name of the game in the blue marlin mecca, with most boats running their lures from 80- and 130-pound outfits.

The most consistent marlin fishing is usually between April and September, but it’s often solid year-round, and it’s not that uncommon for boats to encounter a grander blue every month of the year.

Join us as we fish with four of Honokohau Harbor’s top charter boats whose crews specialize in hunting big marlin. Your professional instructors will introduce you to the art of fishing with heavy tackle, and help you gain the experience you need to become a confident, well-rounded angler.

Check out this video series for all things big-game fishing, straight from Kona:

The Fleet


Set on Kailua Bay facing the Pacific, the Royal Kona Resort is our home while in Kona. The three-tower oceanfront resort features a private beach, pool and saltwater lagoon, and is just minutes from historic downtown Kailua-Kona.

Prices & Dates

Sep 21 - SEP 27, 2023

Limited to 16 anglers
Kona, Hawaii
  • 7 DAYS

What's Included

What's NOT Included

Check out the memento video from our 2022 Costa Rica expedition. As part of your package, you will receive a custom video documenting your trip.

Marlin Expeditions are priced as all-inclusive packages with all meals, charter boats and tips, accommodations, and airport transfers. Airfare is not included.

A fifty percent (50%) deposit must accompany each registration. The full payment must be paid 30 days in advance of your scheduled expedition.

Guests are welcome at select Marlin Expedition destinations. Guest fee includes breakfast and dinner, accommodations and airport transfers. Please contact us for more information.

Repeat anglers, active duty military and veterans qualify for special discounts. Please contact us for more information.

Payments made on your expedition are refundable for cancellations received, in writing, at least sixty-one (61) days prior to the first day of the expedition. If you cancel your trip, for whatever reason, 31-60 days prior to the start date, we will issue a refund less a $1,000 per person cancellation fee. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the expedition start date, all payments will be non-refundable.

Travel insurance is not included and is strongly recommended to protect your investment.